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Disney Animated

February 14, 2014

By: Children & Young Adult Blogger's Literary Awards


An exceptional book app for the whole family … winner of the CYBILS 2013 Award for BEST Book App!

Disney Animated is the winner of this year's CYBILS Award. The judges were unanimous in choosing this exceptional title, saying:

Disney Animated brings to life the outstanding animation heritage of Disney Studios through the expertise of Touch Press, one of the most exacting and innovative developers in the app space today. Appealing to the entire family, Disney Animatedmeets all the criteria we seek in outstanding interactive media. The technical elements are impeccably rendered, the interactive elements are directly linked to the content, and the narrative content is endlessly fascinating. From stills to studies, animated shorts, soundtracks, interviews, and games that illustrate the points being made, this app is one you'll have trouble putting down.

Like any good non-fiction book, you can read this app in linear or non-linear fashion. Interactive workshops built into the app not only give hands-on explanations of how animation works, they challenge our understanding of physics in a game-like way. The app makes every use of the medium, animating just about everything, even the text. You can pinch, enlarge, move, examine and share just about everything in this app. With Disney Animated, Touch Press models what the digital environment is capable of and what a truly great book app can be.

Note: This is a *very* large app that can require as much as 6GB of open space on your iPad to install and after installation, requires over 2GB to function properly, especially on older iPads.

Highly Recommended!

This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.

As a second round judge this year for the nearly a decade-old CYBILS Award - The Children's & Young Adult Blogger's Literary Awards - I was very impressed with my colleagues. Please consider checking out their wonderful book-loving blogs and websites. Twitter handles are also included if you'd like to keep in touch.

The following judges worked hard this year, narrowing down an initaial list of more than 65 nominated book apps for 2013 (our third year considering book apps):

2013 Book Apps Judges

Round 1

Aaron Maurer, Coffee for the Brain

Jill Goodman

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts

Jackie Parker, Interactive Reader

Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

Round 2

Cathy Potter, The Nonfiction Detectives

Elisabeth LeBris, LeBrisary

Helen Dineen, CAppTivated Kids

Carisa Kluver, Digital Media Diet
@iPad_storytime and @kidsmediadiet

Sarah Towle, Sarah Towle (author blog)
@ParisAppTours and @TowleSarah

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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Disney Animated

February 14, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Touch Press

Walt Disney

Length (time):
90 - 120 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 4 - 14 +

English •

Length (pages):
250 Pages


Story Synopsis - Disney Animated

Apple's iPad App of the Year for 2013. Selected by Mashable as a Mashie Award finalist for Best Branded App. Awarded Best Digital Book in the FutureBook 2013 Innovation Awards. Recognized as one of the 50 best apps of 2013 by The Observer. Nominated for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Award in the Art Category.

Discover how Walt Disney Animation Studio films are brought to life. Dozens of top animators, artists, technicians, and designers contributed to making Disney Animated an unprecedented hands-on experience. Disney Animated, presented in English, captures the original storytelling of all Disney animated feature films, allowing you to browse never before seen concept art, visual effects and more.

Just added: An all-new chapter exploring Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd animated feature, Frozen. Discover the art and inspiration behind the Kingdom of Arendelle, learn how animators incorporate personality into costumes and explore techniques used to develop humorous characters through art and animation. The update also gives you exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Frozen's concept art, character sketches, test animation, scenes from the film and a new background in the Elsa’s Snow animation workshop.

Throughout Disney Animated, explore pages packed with interactive images and multi-layer animated clips. Animate authentic Disney 3D character models, and control a Disney visual effects simulation. Browse a rich timeline of all 53 Disney animated feature films, and more. Trace your finger over the Color Map: a single full-screen image that shows every scene from every Walt Disney Animation Studios animated feature film in thumbnail form. Never before has this complete catalog been browsable in this way.

Disney Animated is the most comprehensive and unprecedented look at Disney animation to date; it brings the animators' desks to your iPad. The app gives you access to an astonishing amount of material from all eras of Walt Disney Animation Studios, beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and continuing through an exclusive in-depth look at Frozen.

Bonus Content:

Disney Animated contains an unabridged version of the Principles of Animation chapter from the iconic work The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. Unlike in the print edition, all the illustrations move when touched.

Background Information:

Disney Animated is a co-production of Disney Interactive, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Touch Press. It is co-authored by best-selling writer and Chief Creative Officer of Touch Press, Theodore Gray, and Producer/Creative Director for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Dave Bossert.

Special Note on Installation:

To install this app on your iPad, you'll temporarily need more space than is stated on the iTunes store page, up to 6.0Gb. Once the app is installed, it goes back to 2.0Gb. If this is an issue, there are two possible solutions, the first option being the ideal:

1) Download the title to your PC/Mac via iTunes and then sync with your iPad, which eliminates the need for extra space. Re-downloading via iTunes on a PC or Mac will not cause you to be charged twice, providing you are signed into the same iTunes account as on your iPad.

2) Temporarily remove some data from your iPad to clear space, and then you can put it back on your iPad once the app has been installed.

[source: iTunes]


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Art in Motion, Story, Visual Development, Character, Layout & Background, Animation, Visual Effects, Sound Design & Music, Putting it All Together, Gallery, Frozen, Credits, Extras: Bouncing Ball, Mood Shifter, Workshop, Timeline, Elsa's Snow, Color Maps, 12 Principles, Links to: AppStore

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Size: 1739.08 MB

Version: 0

Lite Version Available: No



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